πŸ“š This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

If you had to read one book this year, read this.

It’s just February and I believe this is going to be the best story I’ve read in 2020.

A beautiful epistolary time-travel romance that is full of tiny bits of smart references that if you miss them, you won’t know they exist. I loved the reference to L’esprit de l’escalier. πŸ™‚ Smashing piece of writing.

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Two time-traveling agents from warring futures, working their way through the past, begin to exchange lettersβ€”and fall in love in this thrilling and romantic book from award-winning authors Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone.

In the ashes of a dying world, Red finds a letter marked β€œBurn before reading. Signed, Blue.”

So begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents in a war that stretches through the vast reaches of time and space.

Red belongs to the Agency, a post-singularity technotopia. Blue belongs to Garden, a single vast consciousness embedded in all organic matter. Their pasts are bloody and their futures mutually exclusive. They have nothing in commonβ€”save that they’re the best, and they’re alone.

Now what began as a battlefield boast grows into a dangerous game, one both Red and Blue are determined to win. Because winning’s what you do in war. Isn’t it?

A tour de force collaboration from two powerhouse writers that spans the whole of time and space.